Archive for August, 2013

Mary: Bringing People to Jesus

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In this second reflection as part of our Marian pilgrimage, we consider how Our Blessed Mother shows us how to share our faith.  In the first part of this series, we reflected on Mary as the “Star of Evangelization”. Today, we consider another title for Mary: “The Perfect Disciple.”   Here we consider how Mary is […] [Read more]

Mary, Star of Evangelization

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

In preparation for the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we observe on August 15, I invite you to a three-part reflection on learning from Our Blessed Mother how to be evangelizers.  Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Mary as the “Star of Evangelization” because of […] [Read more]

The Church Proclaims the Beauty of Human Sexuality

Monday, August 5th, 2013

What does the Catholic Church really teach about sex? Why is her teaching important? We often hear it said that the Church places an undue emphasis on sex.   Given the diversity of ideas that people have, it is clear that we need to talk about it more – to explain it better. Catholic teaching on […] [Read more]

Saint John Vianney and the Heart of a Priest

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

In 2009, the Archdiocese of Washington opened the Year for Priests in a special way as I ordained seven new priests, men from different walks of life who heard and answered God’s call to priesthood. In proclaiming that Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the unique role and identity of the priest.  The Holy […] [Read more]

Freedom from the Chains that Threaten the Church

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

During the days of the early Church, the authorities constantly demanded that the Apostles cease preaching about Jesus Christ and stop performing the good works they were doing.  When they persisted, they were thrown into prison in an effort to stop the Church from pursuing her mission. On one of many such occasions, Peter and […] [Read more]